Ch 3: CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Vocabulary in Context

About This Chapter

Review your understanding of text and word meaning using our lessons and self-assessment quizzes. These tools are meant to provide a review of college-level material you will be tested on when taking the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading.

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Vocabulary in Context - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter focus on strategies for finding the meaning of words in a reading passage and understanding the context of words while reading. These skills can help you demonstrate proficiency in reading comprehension at the first-year college level. By applying concepts discussed in these lessons, you will be prepared to answer questions on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading exam related to:

  • Recognizing common vocabulary terms used in reference to standardized assessments
  • Identifying reasons why an author might have written a text
  • Applying knowledge of context clues and word structure to define the meanings of words
  • Using synonyms, antonyms and substitutions to determine a word's meaning within a text
  • Identifying the types of context clues
  • Using the affixes and roots of words to determine their meaning
  • Utilizing various tools leading to vocabulary growth

Instructors use simple and direct language to explain the material in each lesson, and numerous examples facilitate your learning experience. As in the actual exam, quizzes are multiple choice and help you review topics likely to be addressed on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading.

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Vocabulary in Context Chapter Objectives

The CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is mainly a measurement of your reading comprehension skills. The Vocabulary in Context chapter is designed to help you master the methods used to understanding word meaning and context, which are aspects you could be tested on in this exam. The test requires that you read up to six passages and answer multiple-choice questions about word meaning, usage and author intent. You must score a 70 or higher to demonstrate reading comprehension proficiency.

The City University of New York (CUNY) administers admissions tests in writing and math as well as reading. The tests are used for placement purposes. Students entering the university are required to take these exams if not using New York Regents or SAT test results for admissions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Vocabulary in Context
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Standardized Test Vocabulary

1. Standardized Test Vocabulary

This lesson will highlight vocabulary terms that are commonly associated with standardized assessment tests. A short quiz will follow that will allow you to test your knowledge.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

2. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

3. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Context Clue: Definition & Examples

4. Context Clue: Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of context clues found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about context clues in this lesson.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

5. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

6. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

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